‘Leadership’ isn’t short of scholarly or practical inquiry, and while our fascination with leaders remains high, views and expectations of them are changing. Today’s organizations, and the leaders that run them, are faced with increasing and unprecedented complexity.
I’ve always said that achieving professional leadership begins with personal leadership. But what is the value in becoming a leader for those with no aspiration of professional leadership? What’s the benefit of being a leader in our personal lives?
Our relationships significantly impact our success. In the same way that our past relationships shaped the person we are today, our current relationships are shaping our future. Jim Rohn captured it best when he said ‘You are the average of the five people you spend most time with’ because the more time we spend with someone, the more we adopt their beliefs and behaviours. While it’s clear our social circle can ‘make’ or ‘break’ our success, most of us don’t consciously choose our peer group. On the other hand, leaders surround themselves with leaders. They consciously seek and maintain relationships with people that lift their mental, emotional and spiritual game.